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Free College Member Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

Free College Benefit SEIU District 1199
Members of SEIU District 1199 are eligible for a free college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College. This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is also a part of the University System of Ohio.

This program fills the gap between federal, state, or employer education grants the student receives and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for some online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents.

In addition, the Union also has partnership arrangements with Southern New Hampshire University and Columbia Southern University

For more information and to enroll with Eastern Gateway Community College, visit SEIU Member Benefits

SEIU District 1199 Staff Contribute to Fund For Plain Dealer Union Members

Behind The Lines at Frontline Service Union Workers Are Standing Together for Fairness

In 2017, at the request of Frontline Service, members of SEIU District 1199 members made voluntary concessions, some temporary and some permanent.  Members with Frontline Service care deeply about the mission of the organization and the important work they do each day.

The concessions were made in good faith by SEIU District 1199’s members, despite having no obligation to do so. The contract was re-opened mid-contract solely at the request of Frontline Service. The total value of the concessions to Frontline Service at the time were substantial: 

• For a temporary period, members of the Union voluntarily gave up their 403(b) retirement match, which would allow significant savings. 
• Even more, some members also received a health insurance reimbursement incentive, which was of significant monetary value. This benefit was allowed by the members and Union to lapse temporarily.
• Not only that, the members and Union voluntarily agreed to discontinue permanently an incentive of personal time for staff who did not use sick time.

In 2018, the contract opened for wage re-negotiations with Frontline Service to no avail. Inflation and the cost of living are increasing annually. In 2019, the Social Security COLA increased by 2.8% and Ohio’s minimum wage increased by 2.9% to account for rising costs. Consumer Price Index (CPI-Urban Midwest) data shows that inflation continues to rise each year

Frontline Service workers are highly dedicated to their work and deserve fairness. In 2019, as negotiations continue, workers and community members continue to call on Frontline Service to do right by those who carry out their mission. 

Stand With Candlewood Healthcare & Rehab Workers in East Cleveland For Quality Care

 

SEIU District 1199 Members Endorse Three Northeast Ohio Library Levies

Members of SEIU District 1199 have endorsed three levies for library systems in Northeast Ohio. Public libraries play a vital role in our communities. All three library systems sponsoring these levies have also had a Union presence for many years.

Issue 4 in North Ridgeville. This levy renewal is for the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library System. This levy funds 83% of branch operations. The current levy will expire at the end of 2019.

Issue 2 in Euclid. This levy renewal is for the Euclid Public Library. The current levy for the library will expire at the end of 2019. Since the last levy was passed in 2014, the library has had 2.2 million visitors.

Issue 8 in Stark County. This levy is for the Stark County District Library system. The current levy will expire at the end of 2019. In 2018, around 4 million items were checked out and returned from this library system.

These levies provide critical funding for public libraries across Northeast Ohio. The levies will be on the May 7th ballot in 2019 for voters from respective localities.

Healthcare Workers to Hold Candlelight Vigil in Ronceverte

RONCEVERTE, WEST VIRGINIA – On Thursday, April 18th, Union members, faith leaders, and community members, will hold a candlelight vigil with workers from The Brier, a Stonerise Healthcare facility. Community members will gather from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the intersection of Jefferson Street at Route 219 and Davis Stuart Road on Route 37 in Ronceverte.

Dedicated Union workers at the facility with SEIU District 1199 are now working without a contract. The Union members have raised mandation as a major health and safety issue that has still not been addressed in bargaining. Management with the facility also continues to utilize a staffing agency instead of investing in their Union workforce.

“The owners of this facility need to retain the most stable and qualified workforce possible,” said Leigh Ann Day, SEIU District 1199 Coordinator for West Virginia. “These employees work diligently every day to provide the best possible care.”   

Members continue to call on Stonerise Healthcare to negotiate in good faith and want the facility to be a premier place to work in Greenbrier County.

Cleveland Clinic Union Members Receive Strong Support From Ohio House Members

Working people continue to call on the Cleveland Clinic to do the right thing and lift wages for their hard working Union members. These workers at the Cleveland Clinic were recently excluded from a plan to raise wages at the Clinic to a minimum of $15 an hour.

This month, a substantial list of legislators with the Ohio House of Representatives wrote to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic asking him to be fair to Union members at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and Lutheran Hospital. Among others, the Union members have also received support from United States Senator Sherrod Brown and leaders with the Ohio Senate

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Scholarship Program

2014_SEIU1199_ScholarshipVerticalBannerWho is eligible?
All SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in good standing and their immediate family members are eligible.

What are the requirements?
You must have been accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year educational institution or technical school and actively enrolled in a degree, post bachelor’s degree or certification program.
You must be enrolled for a minimum of five (5) credit hours in a course required or related to the degree or certification.
You and your immediate family member(s) are eligible if you have been a member in good standing of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH for at least two years prior to the application deadline.

How do I apply?
Complete scholarship eligibility criteria, requirements and applications are available here:

• SEIU 1199 Scholarship Form
 SEIU 1199 Scholarship FAQ

Members may also obtain an application packet including eligibility criteria information and an application by calling the Member Resource Center hotline at 1-877-419-SEIU (7348).

This program is now closed for 2019. The application process will re-open on June 1, 2020. 

Scholarship Recipient List For 2018
 Update/Renew Your Membership 

Applications may submitted by email to scholarships@seiu1199.org or by mail to:

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Member Resource Center
Attention: Scholarships
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Keep Ohio’s Parole Officers Safe from Drug Exposure

obsolete-ohio-adult-parole-officer-badge-n-r_1_14b77ae104ad8f3b7264c5967e61b4c2Parole Officers work hard every day to keep our communities safe and to ensure that parolees are finding and retaining employment, finding a suitable place to live, getting treatment for any mental health or addiction issues they may have, and generally staying out of trouble.

All too often, Parole Officers enter homes or encounter situations where they come into contact with dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl. Just touching fentanyl or accidentally inhaling the substance can be fatal for Parole Officers and requires immediate medical attention because of the risk of adverse health effects such as rapid disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress or cardiac arrest. 

In situations like these, Parole Officers must take time off of work for treatment, evaluation and medical follow up. However this is not considered an allowable claim through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. This creates an undue burden on Parole Officers, forcing them to choose between getting the necessary treatment they need or risking long-term, reoccuring health problems. 

Through our Union, we are asking the Ohio Legislature to take up this important issue and to pass a law that would allow all Parole Officers and first responders to be allowed to get the treatment and recovery they need from work-related injuries as a result of coming in contact with dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl.

SIGN THIS PETITION TO ASK THE OHIO STATE LEGISLATURE TO KEEP OHIO’S PAROLE OFFICERS SAFE FROM DRUG EXPOSURE.

Cleveland Work and Wages Policy Conference

Candlewood Healthcare Rally for Respect in East Cleveland

Certus Healthcare

Members of our Union have decided to show Certus at Candlewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation in East Cleveland what we think of their proposals that dismiss our concerns and disrespect us as workers and caregivers.

Join our Candlewood SEIU District 1199 Union brothers and sisters as we let Certus Healthcare and the community know what sacrifices are being asked of us while Certus benefits from our labor. 

Monday APRIL 1st from 2PM to 4PM 
Corner of Euclid and Holyoke, Next to Wendy’s
2704 Holyoke Ave, East Cleveland, OH 44102

Healthcare Workers Fighting For $15 at the Cleveland Clinic to Rally in Akron

AKRON, OHIO – On Thursday, March 21st, at noon, community members, Union members, and workers, will protest before a speech by Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic in Akron. Reportedly, the speech will include details on the Cleveland Clinic’s plan to become “the best place to work in healthcare.”

The Cleveland Clinic has had strained labor relations in the past, including after their acquisition of Akron General Hospital. The Cleveland Clinic also recently excluded Union members from a plan to raise wages to $15 an hour. Cleveland Clinic Union members have been supported in their fight for an immediate path to $15 by United States Senator Sherrod Brown and several state legislators.

Last month, an article in the Plain Dealer covered a worker who was excluded from the Cleveland Clinic’s plan for a $15 an hour wage – she is a Union member and supports several family members with a wage of just $13.85 an hour. According to financial filings, even before becoming CEO last year, Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic has been paid millions for his work with the Cleveland Clinic.

“The Cleveland Clinic is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in locations such as Florida and London – they operate a hospital in the United Arab Emirates,” said Anthony Caldwell, Director of Public Affairs for SEIU District 1199. “We continue to call on the Cleveland Clinic to do the right thing for all Caregivers in Cleveland and Union members across their system. A living wage is important for all workers and we stand ready to work with the Cleveland Clinic to make that a reality without further disregard or delay,” continued Caldwell. 

Member Leader Training in West Virginia and Ohio

A training for Delegates and Member Strength Coordinators will be held on April 6th, 2019. The meeting will also include new member orientation and will be held at several locations across West Virginia and Ohio. Registration and further details are available here.

Regional Membership Meeting in Cincinnati

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, a Regional Membership Meeting will be held in Cincinnati. All SEIU District 1199 members from the local area are encouraged to attend. Registration and further details are available here

Members Lobby at the West Virginia Capitol to Protect Medicaid & Fund Senior Programs

Lobby Day
Members of SEIU District 1199 are at the West Virginia Capitol today for our Lobby Day of Action. The West Virginia Legislature is expected to close out their annual session soon. 

Workers are asking their representatives to stand against “work requirements” for Medicaid if reintroduced. They are also asking legislators to support critical funding for senior programs (HB 2625), fiscal support for hot and cold food trucks, and an increase in the senior meal reimbursement rate. These areas of public policy are all important to working families. 

We are also encouraging members of the public to contact their legislators to ask them to protect Medicaid without work requirements. From “right-to-work” to other anti-Union attacks, working people in West Virginia have faced many challenges. We must speak out and stand together. 

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United States Senator Sherrod Brown Stands With Cleveland Clinic Union Members

This week, United States Senator Sherrod Brown released a letter asking CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic to be fair to the hardworking Union members who work for the Cleveland Clinic. While the Cleveland Clinic announced that they would raise wages to $15 an hour, they clarified the raise would exclude many dedicated workers.

The Cleveland Clinic should do the right thing and immediately put all Caregivers on a path to a living wage. Recent coverage is included below: 

Sherrod Brown $15 All Caregivers

• Read United States Senator Sherrod Brown’s letter to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic

• Ohio Senate Democrats Write to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic.

Cleveland Clinic’s minimum-wage increase doesn’t apply to union workers.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• Unionized Cleveland Clinic workers speak out after learning minimum wage increase doesn’t apply to them.” (Becker’s Hospital Review) 

 

Protect Medicaid Coverage Without Bureaucracy in West Virginia

Medicaid West Virginia
Last week, House Bill 3136, was introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates. This legislation would mean the loss of critical Medicaid coverage for individuals across West Virginia. Work requirements could immediately impact 95,000 West Virginians who do not have enough hours or are unemployed.

Medicaid work requirements create unnecessary government bureaucracy and make it harder for working people to stay healthy and find work. Communities across West Virginia have faced difficulty and such requirements will limit access to care for many who are already vulnerable. Work requirements would also be a major setback as the state battles an opioid crisis.  

Contact your legislators about the importance of vital coverage provided by Medicaid without burdensome requirements.

Cleveland Black History Month Forum

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Thank you to everyone who joined together for the Black History Month Event this year in Cleveland. It was a very inspiring conversation and forum. Together, working people have won better wages, safer workplaces, and civil rights. White, Black, and brown, we must stand united. 

Youngstown Forum Brings Up Tough Issues Facing The Black Community (WKBN News)

A very important forum was held yesterday in Youngstown, Ohio, as a part of our annual Black History Month Celebration. Our communities face many challenges. Together, working people have won better wages, safer workplaces, and civil rights. White, Black, and brown, we must stand united.